International salons - 6th Ukrainian Photo awards
FIAP(2020/543) & PSA(2020-5453) recognized Salon open to all photographers around the world. There are different sections is the contest: Open Color, Open Monochrome, Travel and People.
Salon country
FIAP and PSA country is Ukraine.
FIAP and PSA Patronages
Salon is patronaged by International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) Patronage No: 2020/543 & Photographic Society of America Recognition No: 2020-5453
Salon calendar
Closing date 16th of December 2020
Judging 21st December - 5th of January 2021
Notification 10th of January 2021
EDAS and FRF 30th of January 2021
Start of awards delivery 10th of March 2021
Certificates & Diplomas 10th of March 2021
Catalogue 10th of March 2021
Public Showings: February - April 2021
Salon judges
All judges are highly qualified photographers with years of practice:

Oleg Kutskiy EFIAP
Yevhen Samuchenko AFIAP
Alexandr Sinelnikov
Salon awards
57 international awards from FIAP, PSA and International Salons club:

- FIAP AWARDS: 4 FIAP Gold medals, 8 FIAP ribbons, 1 FIAP Blue Pin for the Best Author

- SALON AWARDS: 12 Special Salon medals(Gold, Silver & Bronze), 16 Special Salon ribbons

- PSA AWARDS: 4 PSA Gold medals + 12 PSA ribbons



Salon sections
There are 4 sections fully recognized by FIAP/PSA:

Open Color(PID-C)
Open Monochrome(PID-M)
Photo Travel(PTD)

Judging will be done according to regulations listed in FIAP document 018/2017
1. The contest will be conducted according to FIAP/PSA regulations.

2. There are maximum of 4 digital files in each of 4 sections of FIAP/PSA.

3. The contest is open to anyone; however, an entry may be rejected when the sponsoring organization, in its reasonable discretion, believes the entry does not conform to the contest rules and conditions. Entries must originate as photographs (image-captures of objects via light sensitivity) made by the entrant on photographic emulsion or acquired digitally. All final work must be digital file.

4. By virtue of submitting an entry, the applicant certifies the work as his own and permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the contest. This may include low resolution posting on a web-site.

5. The submission of entries signifies acceptance of the Conditions of Entry.

Payment options
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2. Skrill.
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3. Master Card or VISA.
Please pay using the link

Entry fees
Entry fee is 25 EUR for 4 sections.

Till 5th of November 2020 you can use 20% Early Bird discount. Please enter "odessa" promo code on check out.

Clubs are eligible for discounts.Discount depends on different factors: frequency of participation, number of participants etc.
Technical requirements
JPG format;
Size of digital files: maximum 1920*1080,
maximum 3MB. min.72 DPI;
Important:when uploading the image, its title must be stated!
- With the sole act of submitting his/her images or files to a salon under FIAP Patronage, the entrant accepts without exception and with no objection that the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if these obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP; that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking; that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will be sanctioned by FIAP and that in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform the breaches of the rules. It is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations.

- Entries will be viewed by the judges using projector with resolution 1920x1080 px.

- * An entrant's four images will be distributed throughout four rounds of judging for all sections.

- * The images received from the photographer will be judged at 100% of the maximum permitted pixel size. Digital images must not be altered, including resizing, by the Exhibition before judging.
If at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the exhibition organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging of an exhibition that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the exhibition organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the exhibition and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with the exhibition. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the exhibition organizers or the judges is final.

In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the exhibition organizers may carry out reasonable measures to verify that:

a) the images are the original work of the entrant and

b) the images comply with the rules and definitions as set out in these Conditions of Entry.

These steps include, but are not limited to, questioning any entrant, requiring the submission of RAW files or other digital files representing the original capture of the submitted image(s), confronting the entrant with evidence that one or more submitted images fails to comply with the Conditions of Entry (also known as Entry Rules), and offering the entrant a reasonable opportunity to provide counter evidence to refute the exhibition organizer's evidence by a set deadline. Such entries that are not cleared or are still questionable after the entrant has presented evidence may be considered in breach of these Conditions of Entry, and declined. Such entries may be referred to PSA for further investigation of possible ethics violations.

PSA retains the right to investigate in any way all complaints/suspicions of breaches of entry conditions, impose sanctions if deemed necessary, void the acceptances of any image found to violate the PSA rules, include the entrant's name on the list of sanctions provided to Exhibitions, and share such investigations with FIAP. Entrants automatically agree to these terms by the act of entering the Exhibition and agree to cooperate with any investigation.

If another party is submitting images on the entrant's behalf, the entrant will still be held responsible for adhering to these Conditions of Entry (Entry Rules) and will be subject to sanction for any violations to these Conditions of Entry and PSA's Statement of Ethics that may result

Photo travel definition
A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Images from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography are not appropriate. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable adjustments are removal of dust or digital noise, restoration of the appearance of the original scene, and complete conversion to greyscale monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not permitted. All images must appear natural.
Monochrome definition
An image is considered to be Monochrome only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of gray which can include pure black and pure white) OR it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (For example by Sepia, red, gold, etc.) A greyscale or multi-colored image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by partial toning, multi-toning or by the inclusion of spot coloring does not meet the definition of monochrome and shall be classified as a Color Work.

Monochrome images may be entered for Nature, Photojournalism and Photo Travel but only the first sentence of the Mono definition applies. Toned images are not permitted for these divisions.

Monochrome images may be entered in PID Color sections but if accepted will only be eligible towards PID Color Star Ratings.

Journalism definition
Photojournalism entries shall consist of images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image shall receive priority over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities specifically arranged for photography or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible. Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise, restoration of the existing appearance of the original scene, sharpening that is not obvious, and conversion to greyscale monochrome. Derivations, including infrared, are not eligible.
Nature definition
Nature photography is restricted to the use of the photographic process to depict all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well-informed person will be able to identify the subject material and certify its honest presentation.

• The story telling value of a photograph must be weighed more than the pictorial quality while maintaining high technical quality.

• Human elements shall not be present, except where those human elements are integral parts of the nature story such as nature subjects, like barn owls or storks, adapted to an environment modified by humans, or where those human elements are in situations depicting natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves.

• Scientific bands, scientific tags or radio collars on wild animals are permissible.

• Photographs of human created hybrid plants, cultivated plants, feral animals, domestic animals, or mounted specimens are ineligible, as is any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the photographic statement.

• No techniques that add, relocate, replace, or remove pictorial elements except by

cropping are permitted.

• Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph without changing the nature story or the pictorial content, or without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted including HDR, focus stacking and dodging / burning.

• Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots, digital noise, and film scratches, are allowed.

• Stitched images are not permitted.

• All allowed adjustments must appear natural.

• Color images can be converted to greyscale monochrome.

• Infrared images, either direct-captures or derivations, are not allowed.

Images entered in Nature sections meeting the Nature Photography Definition above can have landscapes, geologic formations, weather phenomena, and extant organisms as the primary subject matter. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.

There is one hard and fast rule, whose spirit must be observed at all times.
The welfare of the subject is more important than the photograph.
This means that practices such as baiting of subjects with a living creature and removal of birds from nests, for
the purpose of obtaining a photograph, are highly unethical, and such photographs are not allowed in Nature
competitions. Judges are warned not to reward them.

Drone policy
The Board approved a new policy on the use of drones and it is available here The policy has a legal section which basically requires members to follow whatever laws exist in the country in which they are
using a drone. There is also an ethical component to the policy and it states :
One of the tenets of photography, is that the safety and well-being of the subject, photographer
and surroundings is of paramount importance over the capturing of the photograph. The
purpose of this section is to prevent any interference with other individuals or animals which
will or may cause a disturbance in their normal activity or disrupt the way an individual or animal interacts with its environment.

1. May not fly a drone above people for the purpose of photographing their activity, unless permission is granted in writing

2. May not fly or photograph animals in their natural habitat, especially nesting areas and
locations where the animal is already under stress (winter survival, migratory feeding,
protecting young). Photographing scenery/landscapes is permissible.

3. May not fly or photograph in any designated wilderness area

Submitting the entry you automatically grant your consent with the contest policy and rules mentioned above.
The author should be a copyright holder of the submitted material. By virtue of submitting an entry to the salon, the author permits sponsors to use all or part of the submitted material for any purpose, related to the contest and future exhibitions.

The sponsors of the competition have a right to:

1.Reproduce the entries in any part of the website.

2. Present prints or digital files for judging by the contest jury;

3. Exhibit winning entries in printed or digital format at the exhibitions.

4. Reproduce winning images in any printed or electronic media in order to inform public about the contest and It's results;

5. Reproduce winning images in the photo albums, informative brochures, digital media and other publications related to the contest and exhibitions;

6. Use winning images for further specialized activities , aimed at the popularization of the contest;

7. Offer the options for the commercial usage of the images to their authors.

8. The sponsors of the competition pledge to specify the name of the image maker when reproducing it in any form.

9. Exhibition copies to be shown at the exhibition and printed at the cost of the sponsors of the contest will remain with sponsors and may be used within the framework of the competition activity.

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